A guitar prodigy, Whiskey Jack Untz got his first professional experience at the age of 13 playing with Frankie Valli. While playing with Rainbow River, a roots rock act, Whiskey Jack opened for legends Ronnie Milsap and Merle Haggard. He later toured with George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Brian Setzer and Elvin Bishop. As he honed his live performance, Whiskey Jack has taken to heart the great words of wisdom he received from B.B. King..."You got to learn to play the rests, son. Everybody else plays the notes."
After moving to Nashville in 2001, Whiskey Jack worked on numerous recordings for independent artists, and, in 2010, he co-wrote and produced his first album, Play for Me. In addition, Whiskey Jack worked as a utility player around Nashville before co-founding Nashville Unleashed - a concert series turned web series that eventually became an internationally syndicated television show focused on sharing the passion and talents of local songwriters.
It was during the run of Nashville Unleashed that Whiskey Jack met Travis Meadows (who Rolling Stone dubbed "Nashville’s most badass songwriter," with songs recorded by some of country music's most famous artists). For four years, the two toured together as a duo playing what some have labeled "alternative country with a swampy edge." During that time, Whiskey Jack also occasionally shared the stage with other notable singer/songwriters, including Ashley McBryde, Levi Lowrey, Bernie Nelson, Dawn Beyer, Mark Lonsway and Shannon Cain.
As a multi-instrumentalist with a natural feel for music, Whiskey Jack's playing comfortably weaves in and out of songs, bringing them new depth and dimension. On stage and in the studio, his unique musical stylings are equally displayed on lap steel, electric guitar, acoustic guitar or mandolin. Although Whiskey Jack's primary passion is the blues, his natural ability and love of music in general allow him to feel at home playing any genre of music.
After sustaining a shoulder injury in April 2018, Whiskey Jack focused his time on writing music and collaborating on a new project , The Damn Lonesomes, while continuing his recovery. After the pandemic, he has returned to the stage for select engagements with some of his favorite artists, while continuing to work on original music.
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